Is India ready to tackle swine flu?
With the number of swine flu fatalities in India touching double figures on Tuesday, panic is slowly setting in.
Schools, malls and cinema halls in Pune are already shut and nearly a thousand people across India have tested positive for the virus.
The H1N1 flu outbreak, declared a pandemic on June 11, has spread around the world since emerging in April and could eventually affect 2 billion people, according to WHO estimates.
But is India ready to tackle the outbreak?
More supplies of flu drug Tamiflu and testing kits are being imported and private hospitals are being asked to help state-run hospitals cope with a surge in people rushing to get tested.
Some also feel that the media hype over swine flu is causing needless fear.
On Tuesday, the Hindustan Times said the common flu could be killing an estimated 572 Indians every day, much more than H1N1 flu — in most cases, infection has been mild and patients have fully recovered.
So is there really cause for panic?